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Nova Scotia Dreaming on Pinterest - How Pinterest works

by Cynthia Bragg, on Tue, 01 May 2012 | Comments (2)

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 10.21.34 AM.pngPinterest is the hottest new social media darling to take the world by storm. For those who don't really know what it is, it's a place for you to "pin" the photos about things that interest you. Think of it like this, you have a stack of favourite magazines: everything from food and travel to fashion and home decor. You take post it notes, and as your thumbing through, you mark the pages you want to go back to. As you thumb through you think, "ooh, I have to cook that this weekend" or "that looks like a great place to go for our anniversary weekend." At the end of it all, you've got a messy stack of paper and you can't remember which article was where. Well, this is what makes Pinterest so great. Pinterest saves the things that interest you online, but in a much more inspired, organized and visually interesting way. You can upload photos, but also pin those interesting photos that you find online everyday. For those who haven't dared to try it yet, I warn you it's somewhat addicting. As my sister recently told me, "I think you need a pintervention." 


At the risk of sounding New Age (mumbo jumbo as my dad would say) I think of Pinterest as a wonderful tool for vision or dream boarding. A vision or dream board is something you create so that you can turn your dreams into reality. Some say it's about the laws of attraction. I simply believe that we are very visual creatures and if you create a space for yourself where you can look at the things you dream of doing, you will have a frame of reference as you work towards fulfilling those dreams. For many of us, our dreams often include travel and adventure. And for those who are part of our Nova Scotia online community, those dreams include Nova Scotia. And so begins our adventure with Pinterest! Another place we get to share the interesting and visually stunning pictures we find of Nova Scotia. Another place we get to be a part of your story, to help you plan and dream about your Nova Scotia adventure. I've already begun pinning everything Nova Scotian, from the recipes made from our fabulous local ingredients to the beaches you'll find on our spectacular seacoast. I'm looking through blogs, websites, photo albums and all over the internet and I've only just begun. I'm following other people who are sharing their Nova Scotia pins and I am hoping they will follow me. Want in on the fun? You can find us here: http://pinterest.com/visitnovascotia/

Keep in mind, it's early days. This is a work in progress. Part of the fun of pinning is that others will get to see what you are pinning too. So I don't want to pin too much before I invite you all be a part of the fun! Plus I want to see what all you pinners out there are pinning too.

As with any vision or dream board, dreaming is just the beginning. Finding ideas and inspirations from the photos of others is the name of the game. It's up to you to find ways to make your Pinterest dreams come true. And when you go in search of them, plan to share them. You never know just what you might capture or how you might inspire the dreams of others in return.  When you have found a photo of the perfect view, pack your bag, grab your camera and go in search of your own perfect sunset.

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  • REGISTER: Currently you have to be invited to use Pinterest. The quickest way to register is to have someone you know who is on Pinterest to send you an invite. If you don't know anyone, you can ask Pinterest to send you an invite, but this route can take a little longer.
  • BOARDS: Set up and personalize boards where you want to organize your photos
  • FOLLOW: Follow users who pin things that interest you
  • PIN IT: You'll have a "Pin It" tool in your bookmark address bar
  • REPIN: Repin, comment and engage with the pins from the people you follow
  • WATCH FOR SPAM: The pins on Pinterest lead you back to the original source. Some internet villains known as spammers try to use Pinterest to lure you to completely unrelated places. So be sure to click through and ensure that the pin leads back to interesting and legit content before you repin from another users.
  • HAVE FUN: But don't forget to let the dog out, that pot on the stove or the names of your children. Let us know if you need a pintervention. Maybe we can form a group.


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    by Pedro Cardoso on, May 14, 2012 4:26 PM

    Meh. Pinterest is nice for finding random cool pictures, but as far as vision boards go... there's nothing like the real thing :-/

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    by Cynthia Bragg on, May 15, 2012 1:23 PM replied to comment from Pedro Cardoso

    Do you mean nothing like creating a vision board? Or nothing like experiencing the real thing? I agree with the latter. But I also think it's nice to have a place online to keep the things that might inspire your journey. I notice a lot of people have boards with titles like "Places I want to visit". I agree if you are pinning random pictures you might not get a lot out of it. But for those who plan their travel by doing a lot of researching, reading blogs, reviewing websites etc. You can pin the things that are most appealing. The things you really want to do. You can even create an "itinerary planner" board. I get what you are saying but I still think of it as a great tool. If you pin it while surfing as opposed to just repinning the pins of others.